Ready to experience another culture?
 
The Long Term Exchange Program (LTEP) lasts one year, during which you attend school and live with families in your host country. To gain a greater understanding of the culture, You can gain exposure to the world by staying with at least two, preferably three, host families during your stay. You'll be your country's ambassador. You will also meet new friends and form lifelong international friendships. 

Eligibility

Rotary Youth Exchange programs are open to students ages 16 - 18. The year you leave on exchange you must be at least 16 years old by August 16 and cannot turn 18 years old before August 15. To qualify, applicants should be above-average students who have demonstrated leadership in their community. Candidates should also possess qualities such as flexibility and a willingness to try new things that will enable them to fully experience life in another country and become excellent cultural ambassadors. All applicants must be sponsored by a local Rotary club and complete a written application and in person interview.

Timeline

Students are initially interviewed by members of a sponsoring local Rotary club. There is an information session in late September or early October that involves the student and parents. Selections are usually made in mid-November.   

Travel

Travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the families involved and the travel arrangement preferably should be done through a Travel Agency.

Finances

The program is completely administered by Rotary club members, keeping program expenses low. Rotary Clubs in the host country are responsible for school tuition, accommodation and food, and a modest monthly allowance (generally around $75 / month). Typically, students and their parents or guardians are expected to cover an estimated $7,000-$10,000 expenses which include:
 
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Travel insurance that includes medical, accident, and illness coverage and meets the requirements of the host and sponsor clubs and districts.
  • All travel documents, such as passports and visas
  • Spending money (over and above the monthly allowance provided by the host Rotary club), ancillary travel, and tours
  • Language camp (in some host countries) or other cultural orientation sessions
  • Emergency fund for unexpected expenses during the year

Countries

District 6440 is a member of the Central State Youth Exchange Program, a multi-district combine that works with other Rotarians to match students from around the world.  The countries we offer have been chosen for their stability and degree of concern about the welfare and safety of our students abroad.  Candidates will select up to twelve countries for a possible exchange; the District Exchange Committee will make every effort to place our students in a country on their preference list.  Matches are normally completed by February. 
 

Interested In Applying?

Rotary Youth Exchanges are administered locally by volunteers, and all applicants must be sponsored by a local Rotary club and district. The first step is to apply with a District 6440 Rotary club. To find a club near you click here.  Once you locate a participating club near you, you will be asked to complete a preliminary application and an interview. If selected you will move onto our district level interviews. Your local club will help guide you through the process. 
 
 
Contact D6440 Long-Term Exchange Chair: Ellen Bruning
 
 
 
 
 
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